What is the BE A MONK 7- day challenge?
Spend either 7 days, or 3 months at the magnificent Bhaktivedanta Manor – a spiritual sanctuary located in the Hertfordshire countryside, and take an expeditious quest into the realm of spirituality – uncovering the mysteries of the spirit soul, the thought-provoking concept of karma, the mind-blowing experiences of reincarnation and much more. No amount of space travel can compare to the flight of your very own experience of your inner self.
What will it do for me?
The Be a monk challenge will give you an opportunity to cut youself off from everyday distractions and focus fully on spiritual practices. You will get to know yourself better spiritually, strenghten your mind and determination, and most of all – have an amazing time with like-minded individuals!
What do I learn as part of the challenge?
Every day in the challenge will take you one step closer to something you’ll discover as part of the 7-day quest. Here is something you will do:
- Engage in meditation, singing and dancing every morning as part of the spiritual sessions.
- Later on in the morning you’ll take part in various activities like spending time on the organic farm, learning to work with cows and oxen, distributing food on our ‘Food for all’ campaign, and many other activities around the temple.
- In the afternoons you will learn topics of philosophy like the soul, karma, reincarnation and practical applications of ancient philosophy
- Evenings will be free to spend some time for yourself, reflect, and relax.
- There will also be sessions on Jujitsu, Yoga and music
- Delicious vegetarian meals – 3 times a day
- Opportunity to speak to the monks and share experiences.
Hang on, where will I sleep overnight?
You’ll be staying in the guest quarters at Bhaktivedanta Manor, an ancient historical mock-Tudor mansion in the company of fellow ‘7-day monks’ and mentors to give you guidance and advice. Here, check this video out. That’s the place…
Will it cost me anything?
Hmm, just a little bit. About £30 – £50 for the 7-day challenge, and maybe a bit more for the 3 month course. But that’s peanuts for the rewards you get! And it all goes to charity.
OK, sounds good – what’s the deal?
Cool. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll get back to you with more information. Dates are listed on the form. Please select ones that work for you. And if you have any questions, just put them in the text area provided. Please do provide us with some information as to what inspired you to do this!
What is the BE A MONK 3 month course?
The Be a monk course is a 3 month experience designed to develop the foundations of spirituality in aspiring seekers. As well as key daily spiritual practices and meditation, candidates will study the roots of Spiritual practice and culture as well as the Theology and philosophy that underpins it.
But it’ not just theoretical study, it’s a holistic experience with candidates taking part in practical services like farming, tending cows and working oxen, temple activities, gardening, helping with cooking, learning musical instruments and a lot more.
Candidates will also get acquainted with key principles of monastic life which will put them in good stead for the future of their spiritual lives no matter what path they choose in life.
There’s also the opportunity to take part in outreach activities like road trips, dynamic frontline travelling and distributing books, organise festivals, food distribution for students and homeless people and many congregational programs. These activities are crucial in giving a sense of what the Krishna consciousness movement is about.
Last but not least, through this course candidates will undergo an experience they’ll never forget and develop lifelong bonds with fellow spiritual seekers and an amazing spiritual centre!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen – Ralph Waldo Emerson